Italy

  • Walt Siegl Ducati cafe racer

    Walt Siegl Ducati cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There’s a steady demand for Walt Siegl’s Leggero café racers. And looking at these images of his latest build, it’s not hard to see why: timeless lines, well-chosen components, and immaculate build quality. Siegl is a keen racer too, so these bikes can hold their… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

    Moto Guzzi 1000 SP

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are three brands I always associate with the glory days of motorcycling in the 1970s: Honda, Triumph and Moto Guzzi. Four decades on, their bikes still have an enduring appeal for custom builders. Honda may have lost its way in the charisma stakes of… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi Bellagio

    Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi Bellagio

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    It’s quite common to see manufacturers getting into bed with custom builders these days. We’ve seen BMW hooking up with Roland Sands for the Concept 90, and Yamaha has joined forces with the Wrenchmonkees and Deus Ex Machina for a series of ‘Yard Built Specials’.… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi NTX by Venier Customs

    Moto Guzzi NTX by Venier Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    Back in the 90s, Moto Guzzi built a polizia version of its NTX 750 dual sport bike. Tall and imposing, it struck fear into the hordes of Italian teenagers tearing around without a license on mopeds and dirtbikes. One of those kids was Stefano Venier,… Read more »

  • Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

    Yamaha XJR1300 by Deus

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The paint is still wet on the walls of Deus’ new Italian workshop, but the Italian boys have been dropped in the deep end already. They were commissioned by Yamaha Europe to revamp an XJR1300 as part of the ‘Yard Built Specials’ project—which you may… Read more »

  • Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

    Yamaha XT600Z by Plan B

  • Wes Garcia Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Lying forgotten in the corner of a garage in Italy, this 1988 Yamaha XT600Z was on life support before Christian Moretti of Plan B Motorcycles decided to apply the defibrillators. Not that he wasn’t up for the challenge. According to Christian, Plan B was born… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans by 4h10

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans by 4h10

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    There are a staggering number of motorcycles in Paris. Sit at any café for half an hour, and you’ll probably see more bikes pass by than anywhere else in the western world: from 1980s roadsters to Piaggio three-wheelers to rumbling Harleys. As you might expect,… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Leggero racer

    Walt Siegl Leggero racer

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    When he’s not building the world’s most desirable Ducati road bikes, Walt Siegl likes to head for the racetrack on his 916 or 1098. But he’s a hard rider, and his two regular mounts are now looking a little battered. So Walt’s built himself this… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V75 by Venier Customs

    Moto Guzzi V75 by Venier Customs

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    There are a tiny handful of builders who consistently hit the mark with every bike they create. In Italy, one of those builders is Venier Customs, which took home a trophy last month from the Biker Fest for this beautiful Moto Guzzi V75. The bike… Read more »

  • Ducati 750 Super Sport

    Ducati 750 Super Sport

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    There’s nothing like a barn find to get the motorcycling juices flowing, and this Ducati 750 Super Sport is one of the best. The bike was discovered in Belgium in 2009, after sitting in a shed for 15 years. It’s now been resurrected by Harné… Read more »

  • 1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

    1979 Honda CB500 by Anvil

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Anvil Motociclette is the kind of shop that is catching the attention of younger riders in mainland Europe. Their designs are raw and uncompromising, and guaranteed to stop the traffic. This 1979 Honda CB500 custom is typical: It’s low and rakish, stripped to the basics… Read more »

  • Vintage style: the Black Douglas

    Vintage style: the Black Douglas

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles

    Take the A51 autostrada out of Milan, and half an hour later you’ll arrive in the small town of Brugarolo. It’s home to one of Italy’s more unusual bike manufacturers, the Black Douglas Motorcycle Company. Black Douglas makes vintage-style motorcycles with a distinctly English appearance,… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V65 by El Solitario

    Moto Guzzi V65 by El Solitario

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    For a pursuit that is all about freedom and individuality, the world of custom motorcycles can be a strangely serious business. Are those tires good enough? It’s a hardtail, it can’t possibly handle. What, only 50 bhp pulling 200 kilos? Like audiophiles who’ve become so… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport1000s custom

    Ducati Sport1000s custom

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati SportClassic was a bike ahead of its time. Three years ago, poor sales triggered the end of a short five-year production run. But today, it’s one of the most sought-after machines for retro bike fans, and a popular platform for customization. Ergonomics be… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzis by Revival Cycles

    Moto Guzzis by Revival Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Texas-based Revival Cycles are on a roll at the moment, with a brace of custom Moto Guzzis heading to The One Moto Show in Austin. Both bikes have been heavily modified; as Revival’s Alan Stulberg says, they “began as very different machines and sort of… Read more »

  • Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi

    Officine RossoPuro Moto Guzzi

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,

    If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Filippo Barbacane is one of Italy’s leading craftsmen, specializing in classy Moto Guzzi customs. The builds coming out of his Officine RossoPuro workshop are refined, elegant and desirable, and I’d be happy to put one next to… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer

    Moto Guzzi Le Mans cafe racer

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    A new build from Kaffeemaschine is always worth looking out for. Hamburg-based Axel Budde designs some of the world’s best custom Moto Guzzis, and his eighth creation doesn’t disappoint. The bike was built for Guillaume Bureau, who lives in Switzerland. “He wanted a pure cafe… Read more »

  • Ducati 860SS replica

    Ducati 860SS replica

  • Chris Hunter Racing Motorcycles ,,

    One of the strangest episodes in Ducati racing history took place in Australia in 1975. At the time, production racing Down Under was dominated by Kawasaki Z1s. So Ducati’s Australian importer created an ‘860SS,’ a machine custom-built to win at Bathurst, Australia’s most famous racetrack.… Read more »

  • Moto Guzzi V50 by Rno Cycles

    Moto Guzzi V50 by Rno Cycles

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Think of a custom Moto Guzzi, and it’s invariably built in the ‘classic’ style: Timeless café racer lines, muted colors and bare metal. I’m a fan of that look, but it’s also refreshing to see someone take a completely different approach—and pull it off spectacularly.… Read more »

  • Gilera Milano Taranto

    Gilera Milano Taranto

  • Chris Hunter Classic Motorcycles ,,

    Before and after WWII, Italy was a haven for street racing. One of those races was the Milano Taranto, reportedly the longest of all the street races and with the added danger of nighttime running. The only entry requirement was a driver’s license and a… Read more »

  • Suzuki DR650 by Extemporae

    Suzuki DR650 by Extemporae

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    One of the fastest-growing custom workshops in Italy is Extemporae, based in the Varese region that’s also home to MV Agusta and Husqvarna. The company’s first two builds, a Yamaha TT600 and a XT550, were published in the influential Italian magazine Riders in 2011—and from… Read more »

  • Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

    Santiago Chopper ‘Bucati’

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Alain Bernard is one of the most unpredictable builders in the US: You can never guess what he’ll come up with next. The bread-and-butter of Santiago Chopper’s business is trike conversions, but Bernard also turns out traffic-stopping customs on a regular basis. This is his… Read more »

  • Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

    Hammarhead x Moto Guzzi V7

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    James Hammarhead needs no introduction here. One of the USA’s most thoughtful bike builders, he’s the creator of the Jack Pine—one of the most sought-after and usable custom bikes of recent years. This custom Moto Guzzi V7, nicknamed ‘Wayward,’ is Hammarhead’s latest creation: A one-off… Read more »

  • Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

    Ducati Paul Smart by Revival

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The Ducati Paul Smart is one of the all-time greats—a high performance machine with equal appeal to fans of both modern and vintage machinery. But it’s not quite perfect … so Texas-based Revival Cycles leapt at the opportunity to thoroughly upgrade this 2006 model. “We… Read more »

  • Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

    Ducati Sport 1000 Jubiläumsbike

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    If you live in mainland Europe and ride a motorcycle, you’ve probably bought parts or accessories from a company called Louis. The Hamburg-based company is Europe’s largest moto retailer, and it’s just celebrated its 75th anniversary. To mark the occasion, Louis commissioned Marcus Walz to… Read more »

  • Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

    Walt Siegl Leggero Series Ducati

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    The market for high-end, bespoke custom motorcycles is tiny. To move beyond bolt-on parts takes hours of craftsmanship, and true artisans don’t come cheap. Walt Siegl is one of those rare craftsmen, and he’s also keenly aware of the dilemma: His bikes, lusted after by… Read more »

  • Maria Ducati 750SS

    Maria Ducati 750SS

  • Chris Hunter Custom Motorcycles ,,

    Portugal, crippled by the GFC, is not a good place to conduct business at the moment. But nobody told the Lisbon-based custom workshop Maria Motorcycles, which is turning out some very sharp bikes indeed. Like this latest build, a 1994 Ducati 750SS called “Italian Sniper”.… Read more »